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The following day, a neatly dressed yogi, who spoke broken English, arrived at Meherabad. He bowed to Baba and prayed for his divine help. Baba directed him to stay at Meherabad and then quoted these words in Gujarati:

Matla, ghatla, ghotla, satla watla, chotla, aur potla.

Baba's poetic remark implied that for begging purposes a yogi should not possess anything more than a cloth bag and a staff. He should not accumulate things, should avoid all comfort and should not wear long hair for the sake of show. He should be attached to nothing and follow the precept:

The wandering yogi, the flowing water.

A yogi should live according to this precept; however after only eleven days, the yogi wished to leave Meherabad. On Baba's inquiring the reason, he replied that the food there was not good. Disappointed by his attitude, Baba allowed him to depart. Watching him go, Baba remarked with poetic sarcasm:

Came for God, left for bread.


LORD MEHER, 1st ed, Vol. 3, p. 834
1988 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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